Taking a quick break from my smoothie series to share David’s Easter basket with you. I’ll be back later this week with a new smoothie flavor combo though—follow me on Instagram, via email (subscribe on the right of the screen), or Bloglovin’ to make sure you don’t miss a post! Facebook is less than reliable these days.
As Irving and I start to create holiday traditions with David, we are trying to be careful not to go on sugar overloads or put the focus on treats. Last year’s Easter egg hunt was for plastic eggs filled with stickers. And we completely skipped Halloween this past year because David didn’t even know it existed! I know that as he gets older it will be more challenging, but hopefully we can do a good job laying the foundation while he’s so young. I LOVE sweets, and always have a sweet tooth and am trying to help David to not have my same weakness! So for Easter this year David will get a basket with a few special candies and a few fun little toys (I’m also working really hard to not gift him with junk just because it’s seasonal, but that’s another battle!).
^^^ Top L: 1st Easter—just 2 months old, with Grandma! Top R: Last year, 2 years old, egg hunt in the backyard, Bottom: 2nd Easter—Annie’s bunny cookies and The Hungry Caterpillar (yes, I use the same bucket each year!)
^^^ New book about being a big brother!
^^^ A carrot shaped bottle of bubbles from the dollar bin at Target and an egg shaped chapstick—one of David’s favorites (EOS chapstick is not entirely vegan, it contains beeswax)!
Speaking of treats…..
^^^ love these fruity bears—they’re not sweet and sour, just sweet!
A few weeks back the nice people at Surf Sweets asked me if I would like to sample some of their candies. I’m already a huge fan of their products, and had sampled their Valentine heart candies in February, and also regularly buy David their sour worms—one of his favorites. I tried their Peach Rings in my Vegan Cuts box last year and loved them. So I jumped at the chance to try a few more products and said YES. Last week I got a HUGE box with all kinds of goodies in them!
^^^ Irving gave me the go ahead to order a whole box of the peach rings—we LOVE them!
^^^ the watermelon rings are pretty yummy too—a close second to the peach rings! Sidewalk chalk for spring, and crayons (above)—fun activities for days at home once the baby is born.
I really like their products because they are made using only natural food colors, no corn syrup, and are non-GMO. They are still a treat, and meant to be eaten in moderation, but I feel good about sharing these with David. I even shared a bag of their Valentine hearts with David’s church class when it was my turn for snack. AND I used the gummy hearts to top his birthday cupcakes too. They are also gluten free, nut free, and soy free, so I can easily share them with my friends whose kids have allergies. I’ve seen their products in Whole Foods and PCC (local coop), as well as candy canes from their sister company Tru Joy at my local Kroger superstore.
^^^ Love these little packs of gummy bears—I can give David the whole bag and not feel bad—just 10 little bears inside!
^^^ These sour worms are great! I’ve already set aside a bag for David’s upcoming science class on worms—they’ll be using gummy worms (not vegan I assume) so I’m going to send David in with one of these little bags!
He’s also getting some Sweet and Sara peeps, mostly because they are so cute and I’m a sucker for anything veganized! I have had a hard time not opening them up to sample them (yes, I ordered myself a couple too!). I’ve had some of their other marshmallows and they are SO good!
How do you navigate holidays typically overloaded with sugar?
This post is not sponsored. I received the Surf Sweets goodies for free, I purchased the Sweet and Sara peeps myself. All opinions are my own.
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